United Way of Ross County held its first campaign report update Tuesday. The current gifts and pledges amount totals to $41,476 (7.2% of the $575,000 goal).
Campaign Co-Chair Joe Watson said they are in the very early stages after a later start, as they try to lend a "hand-up" to the communities needy people: "The mission of the campaign is to ensure that our friends and ... families here in Ross County are able to enjoy a quality of life."

99% of all donations stay within Ross County and benefit various agencies.

Watson is sharing the chairmanship duties with his wife Martha.